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Review Roundup: Rob Zombie, Ghost B.C. and Killswitch Engage

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The Heavy Metal Review has been slacking lately in the review department, so here is my attempt to play catch-up and analyze the biggest metal releases of the past month or two in a Review Roundup.

rob-zombie-venomous-rat-regeneration-vendorAlbum: Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor
Artist: Rob Zombie

Quick Review: Rob Zombie seems to be another one of everybody’s favorite musicians to hate on recently, despite constantly putting on an energetic live show and basically being the closest thing we have to this generation’s Alice Cooper.

Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor is a mouthful of a name, but the album itself is a concise 38:50 in length, and combines some of the industrial sounds back from the original Hellbilly Deluxe and The Sinister Urge with the more straightforward style found on Educated Horses and Hellbilly Deluxe 2.

With songs like the hard rockin’ “Teenage Nosferatu Pussy” and  the industrial tinged “Rock n Roll (In a Black Hole),” you can kind of guess what to expect here, however, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. With VRRV, Rob Zombie releases one of his more consistent solo albums since The Sinister Urge.

Final Verdict: 8.5 out of 10

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Album Review: Clutch ‘Earth Rocker’ makes me a fan of the band

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I’ll waste no time admitting it. I have never cared much for Clutch’s music. It spawned the crusty, stoner, rock ‘n’ roll movement which I don’t get much enjoyment out of, especially in the local music scene, because these types of bands are decent, sure, but all the songs get old fast. I have also seen the band live and wasn’t impressed there either. It was the equivalent of catching a jam-band show, without the energy of a full-on metal show (not that I consider Clutch to be full-on metal) and I quickly zoned out and eventually left the venue.

However, in 2013, I decided to give Clutch another shot and check out Earth Rocker. I heard the title track previously online and thought the straightforward, almost classic rock, direction of this record fit the band better than past releases. In addition, frontman Neil Fallon’s vocals have more of a bluesy vibe, which I can totally get behind.

My first listening experience with Earth Rocker took place in Denver, Colorado, and it provided the fitting soundtrack to driving on the highway, with scenic mountains in view. The previously mentioned album opener, “Earth Rocker,” provides fun, straightforward rock ‘n’ roll entertainment, and that’s exactly how I would describe my feelings towards the record as a whole.

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Written by Eric

May 4, 2013 at 8:00 pm

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